July - Issue 156
Your monthly news & updates
PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE
USTA President Mike McNulty and USTA CEO and Executive Director Michael Dowse presented at the Southern Summer meeting. Dowse discussed the bad, the good and the future. He admitted and took ownership for the Serve Tennis digital launch failure and noted that it is imperative for the future of the USTA that the Serve Tennis digital platform be corrected and he is taking steps to make that happen. Leony Barroso, President Elect, myself and Jason Miller, USTA Ky Executive Director attended the meeting. Read More

At your service,
Mike Eden
DERBY TICKET RAFFLE
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LEGENDS OF KENTUCKY TENNIS THE HALL OF FAME SERIES PODCAST -
MATTHEW EMERY
The Legends of Kentucky Tennis, The Hall of Fame Series is an intimate conversation with Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame inductees. Conversations recalling memories and insight to tennis in Kentucky today, hosted by the University of Kentucky former Head Tennis Coach Dennis Emery. Listen to a conversation with Matthew Emery . Listen Now or on Spotify.
"ASK THE DOC"
SPEED AND POWER
QUESTION:
What is the role of speed and power in tennis? Do I need it, and what are ways to get it?

ANSWER:
Tennis is all about speed and power!
Thanks to Lexington Clinic Orthopedics Sports Medicine/Tennis Center of Excellence
CONGRATULATIONS TO KENTUCKY TENNIS CHAMPIONS
Melanie Humbert, Tara McGuire and Carol Tittel have been selected by USTA to be a Tennis Champion in Kentucky. They will help promote the sport we love - Tennis!
AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN
Please submit a nomination to recognize Kentucky's best between June 1 - September 15. Click below for a full list of award categories!
ACING AUTISM
ACEing Autism is a nonprofit organization whose mission is for children with autism to grow, develop and benefit from social connections and fitness through affordable tennis programming. The program is available for children ages 5-18 at the Lexington Tennis Club starting August 29th. Anyone interested in having their child participate or volunteering with ACEing Autism can contact lexington@aceingautism.org.
LEXINGTON CHALLENGER VOLUNTEERS AND BALL CREW
The Lexington Challenger will take place at the Hilary J Boone tennis complex at The University of Kentucky July 25-August 1. No general admission tickets will be sold, so volunteering is a great way to get involved as well as enjoy the tournament. VOLUNTEEER or BALL CREW
18 & OVER STATE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to the winning teams and their contributions to the charity of their choice! PHOTOS
2.5W Louisville/ Fuchs - Donation to Blessings in a Backpack (pictured) 
3.0W Louisville/O'Connell - Donation to Hope Scarves
3.0M Henderson/Nichols - AIM Pregnancy Support
3.5W Purchase/Taylor - Donation to Merryman House
3.5M Louisville/Caldwell - Donation to KY Humane Society
4.0W Louisville/Voss - Donation to COVID Research
4.0M Louisville/Caldwell - Donation to KY Humane Society
4.5W Louisville/Bauer - Donation to KY Humane Society
4.5M Louisville/Mathes - Donation to Jason Issacs Memorial Tournament
5.0W Louisville/Barnett - Direct Advancement  
40 & OVER STATE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to the winning teams and their contributions to the charity of their choice! PHOTOS
3.0 Women - Louisville - O'Connell
Donation - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
3.0 Men - Louisville - Shaheen
Donation - Supplies Over Seas (pictured)
3.5 Women - Louisville - Meadows
Donation - Feat
3.5 Men - Lexington - McCubbin
Donation - God's Pantry - Lexington
4.0 Men - Lexington - McCubbin
Donation - God's Pantry - Lexington
4.0 Women - Louisville - Gray
Donation - Healing Place - Louisville
4.5 Women - Louisville - Florence
Donation - Downs Syndrome - Louisville
4.5 Men - Lexington - Hardesty
Donation - The Hope Center - Lexington
JTT STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congratulations to the JTT State Championship winners!
18U Advanced - Louisville, Tennis Moms (pictured)
18U Intermediate Gold - Elizabethtown, Bomb Squad
18U Intermediate Silver - Paducah, Titans
14U Intermediate Gold - Bowling Green, Centre Court
14U Intermediate Silver - Paducah, Alley Gators
12U Intermediate -Elizabethtown, Hot Shots
ADULT LEAGUE COMMITTEE
Huge THANK YOU to all the Adult League Committee members working Championships! You make these events possible!! Contact Kathy Klein if you have an interest in serving on the Adult League Committee.
FOLLOW YOUR LOCAL TENNIS PROVIDERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Don't miss the fun in your community. Follow your local CTA to get the latest program information!
Pictured, Newburg, CKTS, ETown, Ashland, Purchase
TRI-LEVEL SECTIONALS IN LOUISVILLE AGAIN - TIME TO FIND A TEAM
Don't miss the fun! Looking forward to another fun Tri-Level Sectional to be held in Louisville!
BE PART OF SOUTHERN SECTIONALS
If you want to see what a sectional event is all about - be a Tri-Level Sectional volunteer! We can't host these events without our great volunteers! Contact Kathy Klein.
LEVEL 5 TOP SEED CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP
Registration closes FRIDAY!
This tournament is in Lexington on July 31st through August 2nd. It is a level 5 CLOSED event, meaning only Kentucky residents can apply. An excellent opportunity to earn some points. If you enjoyed playing the Creason, you will love this event as well. Deadline to register is FRIDAY REGISTER
LEVEL 5 RYAN HOLDER CHAMPIONSHIP
This event is one of Kentucky's longest running and prestigious events. This year, it will be on August 6-8th at the University of Kentucky. The event routinely draws one of the strongest fields in the state and is an OPEN Level 5, so expect good players from other states to come in. Registration closes Aug. 1. REGISTER
RAISE A RACQUET
If you find yourself or your organization in need, Raise a Racquet is here to help!
Player who needs assistance Application
Special Projects and Programs need based assistance Application
Organizations need based assistance Application
UPCOMING JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS
Top Seed Closed (Level 5)
Nicholasville, July 31 - Aug 2
Deadline: July 23th
 
USTA Junior Circuit - 10s Yellow Ball Championships (Central)
Bowling Green July 31 - Aug 1
Deadline: July 25th

Ryan Holder Open (Level 5)
Lexington, August 6 - 8
Deadline: August 1st

Ryan Holder 10s Grand Prix
Lexington, August 7 - 8
Deadline: August 1st

KY Back to School Tournament
(Level 6)
Louisville, August 14 - 15
Deadline: August 11

Top Seed Open 12-14U
(Level 6)
Nicholasville, August 14-15
Deadline: August 10

Contact Bryan Hash
2020 USTA KENTUCKY YEARBOOK
The 2020 USTA Kentucky Yearbook has been released. Read More or Click Here to request a copy.
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SCHOOLS NEWSLETTER
Check out the first edition of the Schools Newsletter. Valuable information for physical education teachers or anyone interested in kids tennis programming! Read More
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